While in Hawaii I was on the look out for things I wouldn't generally photograph. Here are two examples. (Above) While waiting for our whale tour to leave early in the morning we were treated to a very colorful sun rise at the harbor. I took a few photos of the sunrise but what caught my eye was the color and texture on the water it was creating. (Below) While on the whale tour the sun was creating what I like to call "Ocean Diamonds." The water was fairly calm while on the tour and created the gentle ripples and the sun sparkled across the surface.
"We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills.
We shall never surrender!"
And this is Buster laughing his tail off at Sunny for being such a goof!
When I spotted this old stump hanging off a rock cliff I knew there was a picture that needed to be taken but couldn't figure out how to get the camera how to see what I was seeing until I tried the camera's B&W setting. "Voila" as they say, that did the trick!
About half of the lakes on the refuge were several feet low however, there were a couple that were completely full. They were the smaller lakes tucked back in the mountains a little more. Oklahoma definitely could use several inches of rain.
You can see the regular water level near the top of the concrete pillars which is about four feet lower than it should be.
Technically these are all flowers but in the big city they would be considered weeds. The wildflowers were few and far between this trip. This year the weather was cooler than normal I think and that kept most of the flowers from blooming just yet.
Mount Scott is the second tallest mountain in the Wichita Mountain range and the only one that has a road to the top. The mountain sees 1.5 million visitors a year.
Stars, moving clouds and a mirror lake gave the mountain the glow it deserves. Sitting by a campfire and seeing this view made for a nice relaxing evening. The cold beer and steaks didn't hurt either!
And it wouldn't be a mountain shot if you didn't have a photo from the top.
Q met up with me on Friday and we camped at the lake that sits at the base of Mount Scott that night. We were hoping for some osprey photos Saturday morning but it was cold, raining and windy. After a warm breakfast at a nearby diner we decided the only smart thing to do was drive to the top of the mountain where all of the elements working against us were amplified and take photos.
Okay, so maybe that wasn't the smartest thing to do but we did get a few good shots.
I had a chance to get away for a few days this past weekend so I ran like the wind to the Wichita Mountains.
Ever since I was a "wee lad", which was a really long time ago, I have been drawn to the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma. There's something about them that gives me the feeling that I belong there and that the mountains are a part of me.
This is no doubt something from a past life but I've never been able to get over it and to be truthful, I have never really tried. There is something reviving to my soul to be able to hike out into these mountains and be alone and feel like I am home, surrounded by the energies that make me me.
I know Parker has this same feeling and in honor of him I am going to post a small series of photos from the Wichita Mountains over the next few days.
You might remember this spot from some night photos Aaron and I posted last year. This is in Medicine Park , Oklahoma, the gateway to the Wichitas.